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Erica Barnes


Erica is a second year Master's of Urban Planning student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with an expected graduation date of May 2024. Within urban planning, Erica focuses on equitable community development and affordable housing, placing emphasis on social justice to better serve marginalized or otherwise underserved peoples. Erica was drawn to Pyxis Partners due to their empathy-driven commitment to diversity in public health and social services, and she hopes to broaden her understanding of the impact that health policy has on planning practices. Her prior professional experience is with local government and land use planning, and she is excited to engage with policy on a larger scale. Outside of urban planning, Erica enjoys exploring new baking recipes and visiting botanical gardens.

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